Military chaplain granted the right to wear marine black beret

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On May 2, a few kilometers from the front the Marines fighting in the ATO were contesting the right to wear black berets. Together with the soldiers this right was contested by a military chaplain, Father Andriy Zelinskyy, who takes spiritual care of the Marines.

The guys who have been fighting over a year in the trenches of the Azov Sea, were tested on a 7 kilometers long obstacle course. Not all soldiers were allowed to testing, even if they had fought at the frontline for long. Only having conquered the entire course, young soldiers received a beret following which they returned to the frontline.

“Marines do not start with the statute or military equipment, neither they start with weapons or even with a single Marine,” said Father Andriy Zelinskyy. “First of all Marines are a spirit. It is the philosophy of life, the philosophy of a warrior, the philosophy of an undefeated, unconquerable, free and always faithful person.” This was reported by the Department of the Patriarchal Curia of the UGCC on pastoral care of defense and law enforcement agencies.

As Andriy Zelinskyy told RISU, the participants of tests were more than 100 people. The formal requirements for berets are: 1) 6 months’ service in the Marine Corps of Ukraine; 2) appropriate behavior; 3) commander’s decision; 4) passing the obstacle course and 5) taking the oath of Marines.

For reference: Fr Andriy Zelinskyy is a priest of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, a member of the religious congregation “Society of Jesus”, a military chaplain.

He was born on September 2, 1979 and received philosophical education in St. Basil College, Stamford, USA; theological education – at Pontificia Universita Gregoriana, Rome, Italy; education in political studies -  at the National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” in Kyiv. Key areas of research interests and areas of pastoral activity are as follows: Christian spirituality in the context of contemporary culture, ideology of national security and meeting the spiritual needs of military personnel.

Fr Andriy started his chaplain’s ministry among the soldiers in 2006 at the Military Academy in Lviv, and on June 2014 he was actively involved in providing spiritual support for Ukrainian military in the ATO area, exercising his ministry in the units of the Armed Forces near Slovyansk, Kramatorsk, Pisky, Debaltseve and Mariupol, Donetsk region.

He is the author of the books titled “Sunflowers” and “By the Rivers of Babylon.”

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  • fedirtsiv | 24 June 2018, 15:50

    Церкви активно намагаються навести потрібні мости з чиновниками, щоб забезпечити свої інтереси, забуваючи, що є невіруючі люди та віряни з іншими поглядами на певні теми, котрі зараз духовенством

  • В. Ясеневий | 22 June 2018, 10:44

    Нові розвиває, бо старі ЗАКРИВАЄ. Та закриває більше і частіше...парафії за відсутності вірян закриваються. На жаль.

  • Mauricio | 22 June 2018, 03:42

    Strong and clear points !

  • Mauricio | 22 June 2018, 03:36

    All indicates that Tomos of Autocephaly, restoring canonical status to the legitimate Church of Ukraine, its a matter of days, if not months. God bless Ukraine!

  • Mauricio | 22 June 2018, 03:34

    Moscow servants are not happy these type of news. When a Patriarch receives and bless a group of Christians ¨not belonging¨ to a canonical Church ...